Since the hardcover of Mother Daughter Me came out last summer, whenever I give a reading I ask people to write down one word to describe their mother. The words are as poignant as they are diverse: Saintly. Perfect. Violent. Unselfish. Clannish.
Some words keep cropping up over and over. “Loving” is one. “Narcissist(ic)” is another (ouch). The list is so compelling I decided to assemble a word cloud representing the hundreds of adjectives I’ve collected to date. It’s a powerful visual representation of how we collectively feel about our mothers. Updated as of 6/12/14. Click to expand.
To add your own one word description of your mother to the word cloud, submit the following information: